CV

Research Experience

Researcher  Nov 2012 – May 2018 

University of Helsinki (Finland)

Project – Modular and programmable polymeric platform for controlled ocular drug delivery

Researcher (Master’s thesis)  Mar 2012 – Sep 2012

KTH Stockholm (Sweden)

Project – Synthesis of advanced materials from renewable resources

Research intern  Sep 2011 – Nov 2011

Fraunhofer UMSICHT (Germany)

Project – Development of bio-based polymer blends for film extrusion applications

Research assistant  Nov 2010 – May 2011

University of Bayreuth (Germany)

Project – Synthesis of silver nanoparticles and cavitation engineered aluminum microrods for SERS applications

Education


PhD in Polymer Chemistry

University of Helsinki, Finland

Nov 2012 – Jun 2018

Pass with distinction


M.Sc. in Polymer Science

University of Bayreuth, Germany

Oct 2010 – Oct 2012

Pass with distinction


B.Sc. in Chemistry

University of Bayreuth, Germany

Oct 2007 – Sep 2010

Courses & Certificates

Project management:

  • Introduction to project work (Postgraduate course, University of Helsinki)
  • Project management training for researchers (Staff training, University of Helsinki)
  • Managing a creative organization (Course, University of Helsinki)

Communication:

  • Efficient communication and convincing speech (Postgraduate course, University of Helsinki)

IT & technology:

  • Basics in chemometrics (MSc course, University of Helsinki)
  • Elements of AI (Online course, University of Helsinki & Reaktor)

Scientific (selection):

  • Modern carbohydrate analysis (MSc course, University of Helsinki)
  • Pharmaceuticals in the environment (Postgraduate course, University of Helsinki)
  • Green chemistry (MSc course, University of Helsinki)
  • Polymers in medicine (MSc course, University of Helsinki)
  • Biomaterials (MSc course, University of Bayreuth)

Skills

Technical skills:

  • Synthesis of small molecules and polymers (especially ring-opening polymerizations), chemical modification of polymers, bioconjugation
  • Experience in water-soluble and biopolymers, biodegradable polyesters, chemical bond stabilities & hydrolysable linkers, activation chemistries
  • Knowledge of polymers for drug delivery applications and ophthalmology
  • Analytical methods: NMR, SEC/GPC, IR, UV/vis and fluorescence spectroscopy, rheology, MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry, light scattering, thermal analysis (DSC, TGA), mechanical tests (DMTA)

Organizational and leadership skills:

  • planned & conducted inter-disciplinary research projects in polymer drug delivery
  • supervised 6 student projects (incl. Bachelor’s & Master’s theses)
  • chairperson of student association (Helsingin yliopiston polymeeri- ja puukemistit (HYPPY) ry) from 2014-2016
  • volunteer at The Shortcut (Helsinki) from Aug/2018, organization of events and trainings

Communication skills:

  • (co-)authored 6 scientific articles, 1 dissertation, 1 Master’s thesis
  • presented at 10 international conferences
  • won 1 oral presentation award and 7 research/travel grants (total > 70 000 €)
  • designed 1 journal cover
  • lectured in chemistry course for Finnish high school students at the University of Helsinki
  • participated in 1 promotional video (2:44) for new University of Helsinki Master’s degree program in Materials Research
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Interpersonal skills:

IT skills:

MS Office, OriginPro, ChemDraw, SciFinder, Inkscape, Blender, GIMP, HTML5, CSS, basic knowledge of R

Languages:

native in German, fluent in English, intermediate in Finnish

Qualities:

self-motivated, strong work ethics, fast learner, flexible, action-driven, detail-oriented, reliable

Interests:

sports, outdoor activities, knitting, web design & blogging